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76 However that which is most important here is the striking contrast between Hag 1:12 and the almost exaggerated use of same expression in Jeremiah (negated, however) to describe the failure of Jeremiah’s contemporaries to listen to him. The phrase /Mh/yhl) hwhy lwqb (m# )l K/Mk/wn/w is found in 3:25; 7:28; 9:12 (Eng. 9:13); 18:10; 22:21; 32:23; 42:13, 21; 43:4, 7; and 44:23. Jeremiah 43:4 is especially noteworthy. hdwhy Cr)b tb#l hwhy lwqb M(h lkw So Johanan son of Kareah and all the commanders of the forces and all the people did not obey the voice of the LORD, to stay in the land of Judah.
Following a standard introductory formula in v. 20, the prophet is instructed to deliver an oracle to Zerubbabel concerning his present and future status. Brieﬂy put, the oracle assures the governor that in the coming, dramatic intervention of Yahweh, wherein the entire cosmos is shaken, and the power of all nations reduced (vv. 21b–22), he himself will be greatly exalted. 112 As elsewhere in the book, continuity motifs abound. Verse 22 describes the coming intervention of Yahweh in terms drawn from the destruction of the cities of the plain, the Sea of Reeds, the oracles against the nations, and various prophetic-eschatological scenarios, 113 as well as 110.
1 28 Tradition in Transition the splendor brought to it via the precious treasures of the nations which will adorn it. In sum, then, although 2:1–9 represents a more direct confronting of the failures of the past, numerous devices are deployed to establish continuity with positive aspects of Israel’s earlier history, and to nurture hope. The future is thus waiting to be shaped by the intervention of Yahweh and the present is therefore somewhat transitional in nature— life in Yehud is not what it once was, but not yet what it will be.